Author(s): Sokolowska I, Ngounou Wetie AG, Roy U, Woods AG, Darie CC
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Abstract We used a targeted proteomics approach to investigate whether introduction of new N-linked glycosylation sites in a chimeric protein influence the glycosylation of the existing glycosylation sites. To accomplish our goals, we over-expressed and purified a chimeric construct that contained the Fc region of the IgG fused to the exons 7 & 8 of mouse ZP3 (IgG-Fc-ZP3E7 protein). Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgG-HC protein) was used as control. We then analyzed the IgG-HC and IgG-Fc-ZP3E7 proteins by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and by Western blotting (WB). We concluded that in control experiments, the glycosylation site was occupied as expected. However, in the IgG-Fc-ZP3E7 protein, we concluded that only one out of three NXS/T glycosylation sites is occupied by N-linked oligosaccharides. We also concluded that in the IgG-Fc-ZP3E7 protein, upon introduction of additional potential NXS/T glycosylation sites within its sequence, the original NST/S glycosylation site from the Fc region of the IgG-Fc-ZP3E7 protein is no longer glycosylated. The biomedical significance of our findings is discussed. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Biochim Biophys Acta
and referenced in Autism-Open Access